The San Diego Padres are hoping some changes to their roster can help them snap their longest losing streak of the season.
The Padres look to shake a six-game slide as they wrap up a three-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.
The Padres lost 2-0 to the Phillies on Saturday—their fourth shutout in 11 games. The Padres, who have not won since July 16, fell to 2-7 since the All-Star break, but remained atop the weak NL West.
San Diego made a number of moves Saturday in hopes of staying on top of the division. The Padres acquired third baseman Joe Randa from Cincinnati for minor league right-handers Justin Germano and Travis Chick and then optioned third baseman Sean Burroughs to Triple-A Portland and purchased the contract of left-hander Craig Breslow from Double-A Mobile.
“It’s been pretty apparent that something was going to happen,” said Randa, who is hitting .289 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs. “I’m relieved. This has been hanging over my head. You wonder when it’s going to happen and where you’re going.”
San Diego was also discussing a trade that would send first baseman Phil Nevin to Baltimore for pitcher Sidney Ponson, but had yet to ask Nevin to waive his limited no-trade clause. The Orioles are one of eight teams Nevin can block a trade to.
In December 2002, Nevin blocked a deal that would have sent him to Cincinnati for Ken Griffey Jr.
“I haven’t talked to anybody about (that trade),” said Nevin, who went 1-for-3 with a walk. “Decisions will be made on what’s best for us.”
San Diego manager Bruce Bochy was more concerned with his team’s offensive woes than its off-field activities.
“We’re having trouble scoring runs right now,” he said. “I’m just concentrating on getting the team straightened out.”
Chase Utley homered for the second straight night for the Phillies, who have won five of seven. Utley hit a game-winning drive in Philadelphia’s 11-inning, 8-6 win on Friday.